Gamepads will not be sold seperately in North America
It has long been rumored that the Wii U would not support more than one gamepad at a time and if it did support more than one, the price tag per controller would be expensive. Today, the company finally revealed that the Wii U would support up to two gamepad controllers, which leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Not since the Sony Playstation 2 was a main console set up to not support at least 4 players on the same unit.
When Reggie Fils-Aime was asked further about the gamepad, in terms of how much it would cost, he told the IGN representative that we would not have to worry about that, the controller will not be sold as a stand alone unit in North America.
He went on to explain that the controller and the gamepad work together as a single console and therefore would be sold as a console packaged together. It is believed by the company that the more gamepads sold, the fewer consoles that would be available to be sold. With new console demands always high and leaving people waiting in long lines, that is a reasonable belief, but maintaining that policy long term may not satisfy the market.
What are your thoughts? Should the Gamepad be sold indivdually? How much should it cost? How many should the Wii U support at one time?